Kolkata Knight Riders will face off against Chennai Super Kings in the final of the Indian Premier League. It will be yet another final between these two sides, who have seen success in the tournament so far. They will want to some good cricket and take home the IPL 2021 title. It has been a good rise for both sides, with CSK being the more consistent one.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The Kolkata Knight Riders come after defeating the Delhi Capitals in a last over thriller. Chasing a modest 136, their openers – Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer – stitched a 96 run opening stand, KKR saw a tumble and they could win by three wickets. Rahul Tripathi hit a six off the penultimate ball to score the win. They played some good live cricket to ensure the win.
Now, Kolkata have a strong record in the IPL finals. They’ve played two and won as many. On both occasions they have defeated the Chennai Super Kings.
Against Royal Challengers Bangalore, it was a classic Sunil Narine that helped them through. The bowling all-rounder is in fine form. He picked four wickets in the first innings and then scored 26 runs off 15 deliveries, including the three sixes that actually won his side the game.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
Chennai Super Kings:
The Chennai Super Kings, after defeating the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1, became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2021 final. Against Delhi, CSK were inspired by Ruturaj Gaikwad’s half century and then some classic finishing by skipper MS Dhoni. The Chennai Super Kings bank largely on Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis at the top. Ambati Raydu and Robin Uthappa have also shown signs of form.
Bowling wise Shardul Thakur has been the one Dhoni has looked at for wickets. Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo have also adapted to the conditions and bowled economically.
Chennai Super Kings Squad: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Hari Nishanth, Dwayne Bravo, Bhagath Varma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur, Jason Behrendorff
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have faced each other 26 times in the IPL. Chennai have won 16 matches while Kolkata have won on 8 occasions.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have been dominant against the Chennai Super Kings in IPL finals. Their form suggests that Eoin Morgan and company are marching towards a third title. And they should win it.
Date and Time:
October 15, 2021 (Friday), 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Stadium, Dubai